Definition of vegetate in US English:

vegetate

verb

[no object]
  • 1Live or spend a period of time in a dull, inactive, unchallenging way.

    ‘if she left him there alone, he'd sit in front of the television set and vegetate’
    • ‘We're back, after two weeks of vegetating in Bangalore, in the most beautiful cool weather.’
    • ‘I've drunk myself stupid at university, I've smoked, and I've vegetated.’
    • ‘So I'm going to just vegetate a bit and collapse.’
    • ‘It was his first competitive action since Royal St George's, following a much-needed break in which he vegetated on the sofa and reacquainted himself with his Rangers season-ticket.’
    • ‘Now, he was quite content to work on and draw a fairly respectable salary as an alternative to vegetating on a basic old age pension.’
    • ‘I thought I was faced with vegetating on benefits until pensionable age, but I'm now ready for a new future.’
    • ‘I'm going to vegetate tonight, and then tomorrow I shall transform myself into a super efficient research machine.’
    • ‘‘I'm not sitting and vegetating, I need to get cracking,’ he said.’
    • ‘Joseph prefers to vegetate on a sofa and read his books.’
    • ‘Aunt Lou is still vegetating in Holy Light Nursing Home.’
    • ‘Instead I was vegetating, bringing the kids home from school, doing crosswords.’
    • ‘If I don't help him along, he will sit there and vegetate.’
    • ‘All you do is vegetate and count the milliseconds until you can go home.’
    • ‘Not that I read any more or make music or write - I just vegetate in front of the myriad digital channels we now have.’
    • ‘I work long days, and then tend to vegetate when I'm not working, so I'm always at one of extremes, activity-wise.’
    • ‘John was vegetating and getting demotivated because of the lack of work opportunities.’
    • ‘If I had my druthers, I'd so be staying here for the weekend and just vegetating.’
    • ‘I didn't want to sit and vegetate in front of the TV so I started the course.’
    • ‘I should take a night or a day to just stop and vegetate - take a bubble bath or watch a movie - but I haven't been able to bring myself to do so yet.’
    do nothing, idle, be inactive, languish, laze, laze about, laze around, lounge, lounge about, lounge around, loll, loll about, loll around, loaf, loaf about, loaf around, slouch, slouch about, slouch around
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  • 2dated (of a plant or seed) grow; sprout.

    sprout, shoot up, spring up, develop, bud, burst forth, germinate, bloom
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    1. 2.1with object Cause plants to grow in or cover (a place).
      • ‘The Board plans to vegetate Waterfall Gully with more native trees and plants.’
      • ‘This area is lightly vegetated with juniper, pine, sage, and grasses.’
      • ‘To be effective, a vegetative infiltration area must be designed, constructed, vegetated, and adequately maintained.’
      • ‘Although there were abundant lakes and ponds on the islands, they would have been vegetated chiefly by bulrushes.’
      • ‘But during the last 200 years, exotic annual grasses from Europe started taking over, and now only 2 percent of the state's grasslands are vegetated by native perennial grasses.’
  • 3Medicine
    (of an abnormal growth) increase in size.

    • ‘When THC is exposed to UV-B while vegetating, it increases the UV-B melatonin which attaches to the THC.’
    • ‘The 8-cm-high vegetating tumor consisted of solid sheets of poorly cohesive epithelioid cells broken into clusters by strands of stroma.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin vegetat- ‘enlivened’, from the verb vegetare, from vegetus ‘active’, from vegere ‘be active’.

Pronunciation

vegetate

/ˈvejəˌtāt//ˈvɛdʒəˌteɪt/